5th grade students created small Van Gogh-Starry Night inspired watercolors. This one session studio project started with a review and discussion regarding the composition and elements of Van Gogh's work. Using a direct drawing step by step process with crayons on white card stock the students drew the basic shapes and forms.Yellow liquid watercolor was used first to create the star and light elements, then students were given blue and purple. They were encourage to create movement on their composition using curving lines. Black was the last liquid watercolor made available to the students. Works were finished with a dusting of salt to enhance the star effect.
This collage project reinforces color and shape recognition while building on spacial relationships; top, middle and bottom. Perfect for Kindergarten and 1st grade students, can be expanded to provide more of challenge older students. (These art pieces were created by Kinders).